Suspect leads Highway Patrol on chase after officer deployed Taser

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 3:37 PM

Map: U.S. 60 and Superstition Springs
14th Avenue and Geronimo Road

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Investigators are trying to determine if impairment was at play when a man led officers on a chase after a sergeant used a Taser on him early Friday morning.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Duty Office, it started with a traffic stop at about 4:30 a.m. on eastbound U.S. 60 near Superstition Springs Boulevard, which is not far from Superstition Springs Center. The Arizona Highway Patrol said the driver of a pickup truck was going more than 100 mph.

The sergeant who made the stop suspected impairment might be an issue. At some point during the stop, the sergeant used his Taser on the suspect. It's not clear what precipitated that.

"A Taser was deployed. It was ineffective,"  Officer Eric Lamb of the Arizona Highway Patrol said. "At that point, the driver of the motor vehicle locked himself inside the vehicle and refused to obey any commands."

While the suspect was sitting in his truck, the sergeant placed spike strips in front of the tires. Despite that, the suspect took off, running over those strips as he fled.

The pursuit went for nearly 15 miles, ending in east Apache Junction at 14th Avenue and Geronimo Road. Officers arrested the man without further incident.

Lamb said the man, whose name has not been released, will be charged with felony flight and criminal speed. Additional charges are possible as investigators determine if the man was indeed impaired by drugs or alcohol.

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